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Anna Maria Olsson is a violinist/composer based in Birmingham, UK. Although classically trained, Anna is experienced within various genres and her music brings a strong emphasis to improvisation. Her latest album Crossing Lines features 9 pieces for multi-tracked violin, inspired by a variety of musical styles.

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Which is your favourite track from Crossing Lines?

Tribal Hunt 2
Morroc 4
Zen 0
Enchanted Forest 4
Slap-Jack 1
The Lake in which Nobody Swam 7
Pizzicato 1
Dimma 2
Fight or Flight 3
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BBC Radio 3 Live Broadcast 

Following a great response after Tribal Hunt was aired on BBC Radio 3 on July 27th, I was invited for a live performance and interview at the BBC studio in London. The live broadcast took place on August 16th - click on the picture below to hear it on iPlayer! Available until September 15th. 

Morning Haze at 5:37 and The Lake in which Nobody Swam at 39:00. 

Kaleidoscope 

On Friday 26th January 2018, my new string quintet Souq was premiered at the Kaleidoscope concert in Birmingham UK. Kaleidoscope is a project that brings together composers and performers in weekly workshops where we explore different approaches to improvisation. Over the course of 5 months, each composer developed a piece for the ensemble as a result of these workshops. The pieces do not only explore improvisation, but also draw on elements of folk music, allowing each composer to bring a personal touch to the music. 

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Watch the performance of Souq below!

BBC Broadcast! 

Back in January I was commissioned to write a piece for the Emulsion Sinfonietta, to be performed at the Emulsion V festival at the MAC Birmingham. Emulsion is a series of one-day music festivals that take place every couple of years. It was founded by Trish Clowes with the aim to combine jazz, contemporary music and improvisation, thus creating a platform for like-minded musicians. 

My piece 'The Woodcarver' was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Friday 10th March, and will be available to hear online for one month. You can listen through the link below, starting at 2:25:02.

Listen on BBC Radio 3

Graduation! 

Yesterday I graduated from Birmingham Conservatoire with a BMus (hons) in instrumental performance. It has been an exciting 4 years and in many ways the most educational time of my life so far. I'm now very much looking forward to starting an MMus in composition at Birmingham Conservatoire this September! I'm planning to use this time to develop many more interesting projects and events, so stay tuned!

ALBUM RELEASE! 

CROSSING LINES is finally out!

Check the music section for a preview listen - the digital album can be yours for only £7 and for an extra £2 you get the physical CD in all its glory!

Special thanks goes to Ben Weatherill for all the hard work, long hours and endless support he has provided throughout this project. I would also like to thank Sofia Bergvall for the amazing artwork and Ed Bennett for compositional guidance. Lastly, I would like to thank my family for their endless moral support. 

Please give the album a listen and vote for your favourite track in the poll below! I'd be happy to hear what you think!

Waiting for the album release...  

Welcome to my brand new website! Here I'll be posting news about current and upcoming events/projects. The most exciting news is the upcoming album release of Crossing Lines! Recording, editing and mixing has taken much longer than expected, but we are very nearly there! In the meantime, you can listen to a mouse quartet version of Morroc. 
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  1. Morroc mouse quartet version

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Previous events

Kaleidoscope 2

Birmingham Conservatoire

Another performance by the Kaleidoscope ensemble including my Arabic folk-inspired string quintet Souq! Part of the CODA festival.

Club Integral

Centrala, Birmingham B5 5RT

As part of the annual Flatpack Film Festival, this evening presents an audio-visual twist to your usual night out. I'll be performing a live score together with the fantastic Chloe Knibbs, and you'll also get to experience avant-accompaniment to silent Japanese film by performance trio Kamura Obscura as well as a new audiovisual outing by Matt Eaton (Micronormous, Pram). And don't miss out on the delicious South African foods brought to you by Ubuntu Foods!

Duophonics

Birmingham Conservatoire

This concert features a collaboration between 7 musicians, where each performer has constructed a piece based on improvisation with live instruments and electronics. Directed by Oliver Farrow. Free entry!

Kaleidoscope

The LAB, Birmingham Conservatoire

A concert featuring original works by selected composers from Birmingham Conservatoire. My latest piece Souq - inspired by the Arabian marketplace - will be performed by the Kaleidoscope ensemble.

Flatpack Film Festival

The Electric Cinema, 47-49 Station St, Birmingham B5 4DY

I have been collaborating with composer Chloe Knibbs to write a new score for a short film featuring a contemporary dance choreography. Chloe and I will be performing the score along with the film, using violin loops and clarinet melodies to create exciting and interpretative atmospheres. This performance is part of the Flatpack Film Festival.

Musik von 2017

Eastside Projects

An exciting evening of new music by Birmingham Conservatoire's MMus composers – from voice, story and song to movement, sonic art and electronics. 10 brand new works will be presented, all intertwined with artwork from Eastside Projects' exhibition 'Production Show’. I will be performing a new piece of mine that builds on improvisation with live looping.

Emulsion

MAC Birmingham

Emulsion is a cross-genre music festival founded by Trish Clowes. My new piece 'The Woodcarver' will be premiered, and I will also be playing as part of the Emulsion Sinfonietta. Hosted by BBC Radio 3 presenter Fiona Talkington.

May31

BMus Final Recital

Birmingham Conservatoire Recital Hall

This is the recital with which I finish my degree at Birmingham Conservatoire. Programme: Bach B minor Partita, Ravel Violin Sonata, Cry of Angelica (solo work by Anna Maria Olsson)

Apr26

Contemporary Voice Concert

Birmingham Conservatoire

My new piece 'Hollow Willow' for voice and percussion is being premiered in a concert featuring new works by student composers.